Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants (p. 1 of 4)

Jennifer Keiko Ezaki Parents: Bruce and Laura Ezaki High School: Our Redeemer Lutheran, 2009 College/Degree/Year: Biola University, bachelor’s degree in communication, 2013; University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, post baccalaureate certification in special education, 2016. “What does kokoro mean to you?” “Kokoro is a reminder for me to remain present and connected in a constantly changing....
Promo for David Gaines' original rendition of director, Akira Kurosawa's epic 'Seven Samurai'

HTY Presents One Performance of “7 (x1) Samurai”

WHO/WHAT: David Gaines’ original one-person rendition of director Akira Kurosawa’s epic “Seven Samurai.” “7 (x1) Samurai” — pronounced “7 (by one) Samurai” — is a mixture of mime, storytelling and clowning in this recreation of...

Cultural Tent – “Shīsā”

The Hui O Laulima women’s group is once again organizing the festival’s Cultural Tent, with Tina Kaneshiro and Laura Ajimine serving as co-chairs. The group selected “Shīsā” as the theme for this year’s Cultural...
Image of Phoebe McNally's Nengajo

Nengajo – Welcome 2017, Year of The Rooster!

The artwork on the following pages are the winning entries of the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest for students taking Japanese language. The statewide contest is sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese and is open to the elementary, middle and high school students of teachers who are members of....
Photo of the students visiting with Bishop Shugen Komagata of the Soto Mission of Hawaii at the main temple in Nu‘uanu

Community – A Whole New World

Soto Mission of Hawaii Hosts Ministers’ Children from Japan Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Hawai‘i’s Japanese American community has come a long way since 1903 when Soto Zen priests first arrived in the Islands to provide spiritual support to the immigrants working under harsh conditions on the sugar plantations. When World War....

Maui Matsuri: For The Sake Of The Keiki

“Dis wen happen long, long time ago in Japan,” she starts in a low voice as the sun begins to set over the West Maui Mountains. About 400 people from 8 to 80 years...
Image of Alexandra Ventura's Nengajo

Nengajo (continued)

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Year of the Dog, Hatsumode 2018 New Year's Blessing graphic

Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmang u

WHO/WHAT: Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha welcomes the “Year of the Dog” with traditional New Year’s blessings beginning at midnight, Jan. 1, 2018. As far of the festivities, you can get your head bitten by a...
Photo of the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants

Cherry Blossom Festival Queen Contestants (p. 2 of 4)

Lori Satoki Kim Parents: Eric and Karen Kim High School: Pacific Buddhist Academy, 2007 College/Degree/Year: University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, bachelor’s degree in business administration – accounting, 2012. “What does kokoro mean to you?” “Growing up, Kokoro always meant heart. It meant using my heart to always try and show compassion to others, a thought....
Former Gov. George Ariyoshi installed the 2018 officers and directors. He and wife Jean (far right) are pictured with newly installed president Keith Sakuda and outgoing president Fusayo “Fussy” Nagai.

Community Focus – Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai Celebrates the “Year of the Dog”

Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai members gathered at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i on Feb. 11 for the organization’s annual general membership meeting and shinnen enkai. About 150 members and their families attended this year’s gathering. Special guests included former Hawai‘i Gov. George Ariyoshi and his wife, Jean, and Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito....

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